Author Topic: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard  (Read 7257 times)

audiolife

Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:50:00 PM »
I'm looking to get a new solder tip for doing final boards that go in the pedals. I've been using the stock tip that came with my Weller WLC100 and while it's wide and great for cables, it makes messy work of a circuit board/protoboard that I use in the final enclosures.

Which size would be the best to get?

defaced

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 11:13:56 PM »
I like a chisel solder tip, maybe about 0.040" to 1/16" (1 to 1.5mm) wide for PCB work.  I think you'll find it's personal preference though.
-Mike

armdnrdy

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 12:21:43 AM »
I used to use a chisel tip until my boards started getting smaller, components closer together, and the walls started closing in on me :icon_eek:

Now I use a conical tip. Something like this:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=372-142

I agree....personal preference but.....there are better tips for some things. Ask the SMT guys. They use a blunt conical tip to hold the solder.
I just designed a new fuzz circuit! It almost sounds a little different than the last fifty fuzz circuits I designed! ;)

jogina111

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 05:00:41 AM »
I suggest trying different tips and stick to one that suits you best.

kodiakklub

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 09:20:24 AM »
1/32" conical is my fave. i use it for amp work as well. you may have to hold it on there longer to heat up old solder, but for fine work, this is the smallest i could find. going back to 1/16" feels like soldering with my thumb :)

davent

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 02:44:01 PM »
I used to use a chisel tip until my boards started getting smaller, components closer together, and the walls started closing in on me :icon_eek:

Now I use a conical tip. Something like this:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=372-142

I agree....personal preference but.....there are better tips for some things. Ask the SMT guys. They use a blunt conical tip to hold the solder.

I've just switched to that tip after using chisel tips for years and it is a treat.

dave
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John Lyons

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 03:13:29 PM »
1/32 conical here...
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armdnrdy

Re: Best Solder Tip for PCB/Protoboard
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 03:25:56 PM »
I looked up the exact tip I use. ST7 which is a 1/32 conical.

I would consider using another tip only if held at gunpoint!  ;D

I just designed a new fuzz circuit! It almost sounds a little different than the last fifty fuzz circuits I designed! ;)